Muzita Abyssinian Bistro
Muzita Abyssinian Bistro

Muzita Abyssinian Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.muzita.com/
  • Phone: (619) 546-7900
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch:
    Tue.-Fri 11am-2:00pm
    Dinner:
    Mon-Thu 5:00pm-!0:pm
    Fri. 2:00pm-11:00pm
    Sat. 11:00am-11:00pm
    Sun. 11:00am-10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian / Vegan, Fusion / Eclectic, Ethiopian
  • Executive Chef: MOM
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: We bring our home to yours for any off-site catering. We do intimate parties of ten or larger gatherings up to several hundred guests.
  • Private Party Facilities: Our intimate craftsman bistro is available for your private parties and gatherings.
  • Private Party Contact: Michael Lunsford 6196658370x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Adams Ave.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Muzita Abyssinian Bistro
“Most Romantic SD Restaurant 2009 & 2010” Urban Spoon.
“Best Vegetarian 2010” 10 News A-List.
"Best International 2014" 10 News A-List
“Top Ten Restaurant 2009” Citysearch.
“10 newcomers worthy of the welcome wagon” SD Tribune.

Muzita Bistro is an award winning chic and cozy restaurant featuring exotic flavors and cooking traditions of Eritrea/Ethiopia, combined with our signature Hospitality. Muzita's Head Chef, my MOM, creates the most exciting and inviting dishes using only the freshest and authentic ingredients reminiscent of the old country.

Our guests return because Muzita offers an energizing experience for all five senses and our unmatched hospitality.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Muzita Abyssinian Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
31 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (25)neighborhood gem (24)great for outdoor dining (13)romantic (8)good for groups (8)special occasion (8)hot spot (4)kid-friendly (2)notable wine list (1)great for lunch (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Delicious food and friendly/helpful staff! Definitely recommend. Only downside is it's loud (at least on a Saturday night), so a little difficult to talk with others in your party.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Eritrean cuisine - a social experience
    tanginat0r
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    I love Muzita Bistro. It's definitely one of my favorite places to eat at. The cuisine, itself, is very social. You and your friends share a massive plate of food and eat with your hands (hopefully everyone has washed!). Everything is delicious too! I haven't had a single dish I didn't like--I have my favorites but everything is pretty good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Anniversary dinner
    wmgjmg
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    We were visiting San Diego, looking for a vegan friendly spot for our anniversary dinner. Muzita Abyssinian Bistro fit the bill perfectly. The place was more casual that I had expected, based on a review that noted "romantic dining", so I was a bit over-dressed. It's more of a neighborhood gem...lots of locals and lots of great food. Our server enthusiastically went over the menu with us, explaining which dishes were, or could be made vegan. We started with a delicious lentil spread served with crispy injira (on the house for our anniversary...nice touch) followed by several equally yummy dishes served family style on injira. Parking is a bit tough in the University Heights section of San Diego, but the trouble is worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty and Fun
    Noodlehead
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Went for my birthday and enjoyed everything. This is food for eating with people you are close to or plan to get close to because you share the same platter and eat with your hands. Very tasty and fun to eat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our favorite
    SDsurfer
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Muzita is our absolute favorite dinner place. We go here when we want a special night out although the prices are good enough for even a casual dinner. Be warned the seating is tight and reservations are recommended due to its popularity. The food is always unique and very flavorful. We enjoyed spending our 5 year wedding anniversary here this pat weekend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • University Heights Fave
    OpentablerVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    We loooooove this restaurant. Food is fantastic . . . huge portions (be sure and share). Great prices. They are always attentive, but not invasive, and take great care of us. I cannot recommend this restaurant enough. You must try it. We were there with a party of 7 and had a great time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food & service
    Guest
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The food is tasty and service is very good. I hope they expand their their vegetarian menu with more items.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mylifeVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    When we arrived it was obvious they had overbooked this tiny restaurant and things were up for grabs!!The food is not my favorite but my wife thought it was very good. The place was so crowded the waiters could barely navigate but were extremely accomodating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • delicious, unique and friendly
    SDSun6
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    we definitely haven't gotten enough of the delicious dishes served here - the Shiro and Hamlli is one of our favorites, we loved the Siga Kilwa too. We had some long gaps and wait time for service, but we had expected it from a previous visit so we were prepared to take our time. The service is friendly, the atmosphere is vibrant, and fun. It is our daughter's favorite restaurant; she's a precocious 7 year old.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Whatashame
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Would have liked to have been steered toward some menu options that were not as spicey. But overall great and lots of fun
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I've been going to Muzita for years, and each visit gets better. From the appetizers (don't miss the okra!) to the main dishes (I'm a huge fan of their vegetarian dishes, despite being a meat-eater), to the chocolate and tiramisu desserts, wine, and more, this restaurant is an intimate, delicious crowd-pleaser. Perfect for a date night or catching up with friends. Some of the most attentive service I've had anywhere in San Diego, with owner/management stopping by to say hello, etc. A neighborhood gem, one of my absolute favorite restaurants in San Diego.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved it! Great food and ambience
    Rodger
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    This place is great. The decor. The food. The ambience. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 19 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 279 reviews are from the Muzita Abyssinian Bistro reviews archive.
  • Lovely restaurant, cute setting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Charming old house in University Heights. Crusted okra was a delicious appetizer. Very friendly service. We were not wild about the "foul" (bean) entree, but they swapped it out. The other food and beverages were very tasty, and the atmosphere is lovey.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • University Heights Gem
    gfxmo
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    My go to spot when I'm in the San Diego area. This time, I brought a newcomer. It did not disappoint. My friend and I drove down from San Clemente. Traffic was uncharacteristically awful for the afternoon. Although they close for lunch at 2, they stayed open an extra few minutes to accommodate or traffic delayed arrival. The food, service and ambiance are always Top Notch.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Incredibly vegan friendly
    Daagoodr
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Already has a great vegan / vegetarian menu, but They're also willing to adjust most other items to be vegan friendly as well. Serves most dishes family style, eaten with your hands. The 'plate' is edible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Ethiopian
    Foodie
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    I have lived in Washington DC, NYC, and West Africa, and Muzita ranks among the top Ethiopian restaurants I have ever been to. In addition to the delicious food, the owner, Abel, is incredibly welcoming and generous. I recommend the Shiro and the beet salad in addition to the classics.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place!
    Kzan
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    While the patio areas can be crowded, the food and service are amazing and the dining room has plenty of space. This was our second time here and we brought friends with us this time. They loved the place as well. Food is amazing and the staff very friendly. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy
    MeToo
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    This restaurant's menu is filled with ridiculously amazing gems and never has a selection disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • From nj
    docsVIP
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    This place is a must if your in San Diego area, the owner is hands-on and the greatest of hosts! the food is home made by his Mom, fantastic!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still great
    jlanceVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Each time I go I am marveled that the quality of the food and service is always five star. It remains my favorite spot to dine and bring friend.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good surprise!
    jerry
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Delightful little restaurant in a house, excellent friendly wait staff and owners on site, fun food and very good quality. Will bring friends here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A gift
    jlanceVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    What a treasure Muzita's is. The food is a delight and the service is outstanding. It's a gift to us to experience the fine food, excellent ambience and incredible friendly staff. It's my favourite place to bring friend and family.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A great meal waiting for you
    HappytoeatVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Since Ethiopian is not a common cuisse for us we let the server select for us. She quizzed us on our likes dislikes and spiciness tolerance and then brought us a perfect meal. Pricing is very reasonable for such a popular place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Muzita 5/8/2014
    DelMartianVIP
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Excellent Eritrean and Ethiopian food. Very nice choice of red wines by the glass. Attentive service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fun, relaxing and fabulous!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    The food is wonderful every time we have been to Muzita. It is a unique and fun dining experience and a great place to take visitors from out of town.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Ethiopian Cuisine
    johngaffney
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    I've tried Ethiopian at several places in DC, but Muzita in San Diego is really a cut above. They do all the traditional dishes well, but also have some updated touches. The owner's mom supervises all the preparation of her original recipes, and the results are great. Friendly front of the house and the owner always stops by for a chat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • charming
    LocalpatronVIP
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Lovely little restaurant with very good Ethiopian-style food.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not your usual menu
    delmardongiorgio
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    To be authentic it is suggested that you eat with your fingers, but they have silverware for the more timid among us. The food selections are from Eritria (horn of Africa) and are a fantastic taste experience. This place would be particularly nice for, say, taking friends who are visiting San Diego. Your menu choices are seerve community-style in a huge plate so everyone can try everything. This works great for couples but I'm not sure how this works for larger groups of folks who don't want to see other people's finger around their food. But TRY IT. You'll come away with a smile.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • YUM
    SDLocal
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    The food was excellent. We are gluten-free vegans and there were plenty of choices. Our server made a mistake, then made it right. It's a very small place. Every table practically touches the one next to it. We were outside and even though it was chilly, the heaters kept us warm. We will eat here again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • welcoming
    reeseromantimbobjoann
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    we felt very welcomed and enjoyed the food! server helped us order and we loved everything!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • try something new. ..
    mg610
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    You should do yourself a favor and try this place! Ethiopian cuisine with a very friendly vibe! The wait staff is knowledgeable and helpful in their suggestions! The food is AMAZING! I had vegetarian choices and loved them... and I'm not a vegetarian!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • If you like trying out good
    joef858
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    If you like trying out good food from other countries, this is an excellent dining experience. The service is slow but the staff is very helpful making the menu selection experience stress free. Highly recommend making reservations cause the wait can be long for spur of the moment dining on a weekend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great service, delicious flavors
    SDSun6
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    for my daughter's 7th birthday, she insisted on finding an Ethiopian restaurant to celebrate. We loved the crispy sambusas, especially the stewed vegetable ones. The Shiro was awesome, it was mild and creamy and just delicious. We were surprised when the waiter brought a lovely birthday surprise, a rich chocolate mousse with cream and a candle. It was sweet and unexpected. A lovely experience all-around.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for all foodies
    Avery
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    Great place for carnivores, vegetarians, vegans, and good food hunters. When busy service sort lacks but the fact that they're actually concerned about how well you enjoy your meal makes up for that. When not busy service is great, however. Beer and wine lists are pretty decent. My favorite Ethiopian cuisine in SD.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and service is always
    jennifer
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    Food and service is always top notch. One of my favorite restaurants in SD!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best Spot in SD
    MikeyGoodhair
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Went here for me and my wife's 2 year anniversary and was awesome. Our server was super busy but made us feel extremely welcome with her great personality and attentiveness, she even gave us a chocolate mousse on the house. We even had a nice chill conversation with the Food Artist. Best dinner I've had since moving to SD!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slow and small but tasty
    VegetarianDiner
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    The food was great, once it arrived. The server was lovely, and it was not her fault, but the food did take nearly an hour to arrive. We were brought a complimentary appetizer after waiting 45 minutes. We were not upset, as the company and conversation was good, but had we anywhere else to be that evening, this would have been an uncomfortable date. It's a very small place and the tables are extremely close together. They clearly need the capacity, but I'd prefer if they had fewer tables so they were not so close to other diners. The servers barely had space to serve either table without coming into contact with those sitting. Perhaps if there were fewer tables the kitchen could keep up. As I diner I'd be much more comfy with elbow room.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The restaurant is small, the
    Sola
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The restaurant is small, the food is delicious, and if you go on a normal night it's not too loud. Good for a date or a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • unique
    openminder
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    If you're looking for something different that's not your overly expensive run-of-the-mill American food restaurant with an ocean view, this is the place. It's a nice quaint place with good Ethiopian food. It won't have a great view but will still have ambiance and won't blow our budget. I'd recommend this place if you're looking for something different.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The epicurious experience
    Trent
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    It is in essence one of the finest restaurants I have dined at in San Diego. The owner Abel holds this restaurant together like a well maintained exotic supercar. Excellent food, beautiful ambience, educational eating experience and a staff that knows the restaurant. I highly recommend to anyone who is willing to step out of their comfort zone and experience what delicious food should be.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.